Buildings and Bridges
And the winner is: Swamplot names Houston's best and worst in real estate
The Swamplot Awards for Houston Real Estate are in, and the site's real estate junkies (both authors and readers) have chosen nine standout buildings, features and neighborhoods that define the landscape of 2009. Or, as they put it: "Winners of the 2009 Swampies: We salute you for your special contributions to this city. It takes a lot to stand out in Houston’s real estate landscape."
And the winners are...
Favorite Houston Design Cliché: "Lakes of" subdivisions. Runner-up: lick-and-stick stone
Best Vacancy: Villas at the Heights (see video below). Runner up: Mosaic and Montage
Best Teardown: 1415 Banks St., Ranch Estates. Runner-up: Wilshire Village Apartments
The "Only in Houston" Award: The Grand Parkway through the Katy Prairie. Runner-up: the continuing battle over the Ashby Highrise
Most Underappreciated Neighborhood: Robindell. Runner-up: Lindale Park
Most Overappreciated Neighborhood: Washington Corridor. Runner-up: Montrose
Neighborhood of the Year: Galveston. Runner-up: Washington Corridor
Grocery Store of the Year: Phoenicia Specialty Foods. Runner-up: Central Market
Greatest Moment in Houston Real Estate 2009: The Ashby Highrise Permit Double Fakeout. Runner-up: the Gragg Building re-opens